I Am Who I Am Corporation's mission is to encourage, equip, and educate all teen girls and young woman with the skills to understand and affirm their true authenticity through innovative programs.
MEET OUR FEARLESS FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I Am Who I Am Corporation (IAWIA) is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. IAWIA creates powerful relationships at critical stages in teen girl’s (11-19) and young women’s (20-25) lives, through Evidence Based Mentoring, while equipping girls and young women with skills that allow them to develop the confidence and ability to have effective communication, by acknowledging their true authentic selves. Our mentoring is designed for the recalcitrant, the homeless, the economically disadvantaged, and vulnerable young teen girls & young women (ALL TEEN GIRLS). With our programs the teen girls & young women will be able to communicate peacefully, effectively & respectively, with authority among their peers and adults. They will have the confidence to speak up, which builds their self-esteem. We also teach to "Pay It Forward" and give back to others including shelters for women and children.
IAWIA is led by our founder and executive board members, and our goal is to allow them to see how valuable they truly are. Teen girls & young women have variations of who they have become. Unfortunately, they bring forth someone they want others to believe they are and not their true self. They may act one way with their friends, and another way when they are around family, and yet another way with someone they like. Therefore, we provide the guidance and skills to help them to true authenticity. IAWIA encourage, equip, and educate teen girls to direct on social barriers, economic environment, and bullying to help build confident leaders. Our main objective it to help them see a better version of themselves. We help by bringing awareness and education with what is going on today.
We help them with:
•Helping them find alternatives to the justice system •Body issues •Building confidence •Leadership skills •Sensitivity treatment •Business/financial literacy •Engagement with strained family members. •Self-worth, Self-esteem, and self-perception •Holding themselves accountable without being charged with a crime •Developmental approaches to juvenile justice reform/Reentry/alternatives to detention
Stephanie Bryan, is an empowerment speaker, youth minister, life coach, teacher, mentor, and founder of I Am Who I Am Corporation (IAWIA) and SJB Consulting. Stephanie started her speaking and activism in 1999, and since then, has spoken to thousands of teen girls & women across the country. She is a 2016 Commission of Woman of Charles County Nominee, 2017 Woman of Distinction Honoree, 2017 Successful Journey of African American Entrepreneurship & 2017 D.I.V.A. Movement “Outstanding Service” award for youth.
Stephanie’s passion and sense of humor has inspired girls & women, and has earned her the reputation of being an honest, bold, and humorous speaker, and a “genuine & authentic” role model. She has established herself as an expert on bullying, self-esteem, self-development, youth development, self-empowerment, and authenticity in the lives of teen girls & women. She is the Queen of getting to the root of the matter to build stronger relationships.
Stephanie was born in Washington DC and raised in Bowie, MD. After graduating from Bowie High School, she moved to Atlanta, GA to obtain her Degree in Fashion Merchandising from the prestigious Bauder Fashion College. She later received her Bachelors & Masters of Business Administration in leadership Degree from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, CO, and currently pursuing her Doctor of Business Administration and leadership degree from Walden University.
Stephanie is currently employed with the CMT Services, Inc., as a Project Coordinator & trainer helping to provide mentoring and tutoring service for youth within the Prince George's County, MD Truancy Reduction Court and Juvenile Drug Court. She is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a member of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) of Maryland, Board liaison with Mentoring through Athletics, previous Board member with Tri-County Youth Services Bureau (TCYSB), Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and received certification with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In addition, she is a Human Trafficking advocate, awareness coach, master trainer, conflict resolution consultant, team builder, effective communicator consultant, relationship consultant, negotiator, and bullying expert. She does not just mentor young girls, but women of all ages. Stephanie currently resides in Maryland with her daughter and son.
Stephanie lives by: being who He wants you to be, being true to yourself by being authentic, but most important have fun.
MEET OUR NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ms. Alita Jordan is the Project Director with IAWIA. She works as a Management Analyst for the US Department of Agriculture for over 28 years. She is also a registered troop leader for troops 6186 and 3527 for over 11 years. This is where she has worked with teen girls mentoring on life and survival skills. She is also a Chairwoman for the Waldorf Panel for the Girl Scout of the National Capital for the last 6 years.
ALITA JORDAN - PROJECT DIRECTOR / ASSISTANT
MARIA SOUTHERLAND - EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
IMG HOSPITALITY GROUP, INC
MENTORING THROUGH ATHLETICS
DOMINIQUE KNOTT - CIVIL RIGHTS BOARD MEMBER
Ms. Dominique Knott is a University of Maryland Sociology major student and wants to be a Civil Rights Attorney. Ms. Knott has worked with youth for the past few years and the insight she gives as a Board member is priceless. She is a civil rights advocate for teen girls. She is a graduate of LaPlata High School, in LaPlata, MD.
Be different and you'll ALWAYS stand out!
Every Voice Has a Story...
Ms. Robin Jones is the treasurer with IAWIA and has been employed with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for 15 years. She has a passion working with children for many years. She have four beautiful children of my own. So I know all about being a parent first. She have worked and volunteered in several other youth organizations throughout Prince George’s county and the District of Columbia. She currently resides in Washington DC.
Since 1999, Stephanie has helped teen girls see a better version of themselves, who have had experienced social and emotional challenges, which create barriers to their success. She is one of the most funniest, innovative, and creative life changer in the World.
Ashley Montgomery is the owner and Executive Director with Mentoring Through Athletics, Inc. Mentoring Through Athletics, Inc (MTA) is a non-profit organization which is committed to the character development of young people. MTA specializes in developing young people through four core areas; Discipline, Accountability, Responsibility and Endurance, otherwise known as D.A.R.E. Training. Each of these areas are critical to the progress of young people on and off the athletic field of play.
MTA provide a training ground for their youth; as they participate in camps, leagues and various workshops they will embark on the D.A.R.E. Training experience. D.A.R.E. Training is not limited to the athletic field. D.A.R.E. can take place in a number of settings as their mentors interact with the mentees in the classrooms as well as their home environments.
MTA's goal is to develop the whole person so that they can experience success in all areas of their lives. MTA embraces the opportunity to touch as many young people as possible and equip them with tools that will foster success in each facet of their lives.
Joseph Soddard is the Managing Agent with IMG Group Inc. IMG offers the highest quality consulting services, meeting the needs of clients through professionalism, trust, and authentic relationships that will carry your business to the next level. Through strong partnerships with Cameroon, Ethiopia, China and many others, they offer top quality products and manufacturing opportunities for the US and International markets.
Their goal is to impact the world through strong partnerships while reinventing businesses with the skills to multiply trade opportunities, creating shared wealth and prosperity. The IMG Team has over 30 years combined experience. Their consultants carry a broad wealth of knowledge, skill and expertise. The IMG Team is more than capable, and is ready and willing to meet your needs.
Ms. Maria Southerland is the Executive Secretary with IAWIA. Maria Southerland was born and raised in Washington, DC. Worked at Verizon for 15 Years before retiring to open Sunshine and Smiles Early Learning Center with my Daughter Brittany. She was very active in her daughters and other children’s lives through Girl Scouts and Dance. My passion for children/teens comes from my own childhood struggles. I want every girl to be able to be their true self and know that their dreams are attainable.
AMANI HUNTER - FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
Ms. Amani Hunter does fundraising for IAWIA. Amani was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She is a Sociology major at Prince Georges Community College. After her degree, she would like to be a Social Worker for at risk youth. She is a graduate of Crossland High School.
BAILEY BRYAN - BEAUTY MAKEOVER CONSULTANT
Ms. Bailey Bryan is a certified make up and beauty consultant for IAWIA. Bailey was born in Montgomery County but raised in Southern Maryland. She is a Make up artist and a graduate from the Aveda Institute in Washington DC pursing her certification in cosmetology. After her certification, she would own her own Make up studio. She is a graduate from Thomas Stone High School.
Mrs. Saprina Montgomery is the Mentoring Direcgtor and trainer for IAWIA. She has worked with children/youth for over 16 years, in addition to being a mother to 3 loving children of her own. Saprina's passion for youth in particular at-risk youth, is driven by meeting their needs from their perspective. Her work is to assist them in developing character that builds on confidence, esteem and healthy decision making. Saprina's ability to connect deeply with the youth involves life experiences, youth advocacy and being genuine. An expert at changing youth's behavior by allowing and accepting who they are. She is a certified trainer.
SAPRINA MONTGOMERY - MENTORING DIRECTOR & TRAINER
I Am Who I Am Corporation's vision is to transform young women, while valuing their freedom through fun.
2017 D.I.V.A. Movement
Work in mentorship
2017 Women of Distinction Magazine
2017 Successful Journey of African American Entrepreneurship
2016 Commission for Women
Ms. Brenee Montgomery is the Brand Ambassador with IAWIA. She is currently a human services major at Prince George's Community College. She is an aspiring social worker for at risk youth. Her goal is to guide youth to see a different outlook on life. In the meantime, she is a register in home worker working with elderly individuals.
As a Brand Ambassador she would like to advance Social media presence.
BRENEE MONTGOMERY - BRAND MARKETING AMBASSADOR
F.I.T. = Fun, Integrity, and Transparency
TIKISIA WHITE-HALL - BOARD MEMBER
Mrs. Tikisia White-Hall is a board member with IAWIA. She was born in North Carolina. Her family and her moved to the Washington D.C area when she was 7 years of age. she attended school in the District of Columbia Public School System. Tikisia attended the Institution of Gerontology at the University of District of Columbia as a Nurses’ Assistant in 1996. Although as a teenager, she worked a summer job as a tutor in the community she lived. She believed the notion to serve and lead began there. Over the last 17 years, she has worked in Office Management where she has directed, trained and assisted others. However, in the last 5 years she has more interactions with youth (high school interns). As of March 2016, she joined the Prince George’s County Community College as an Instructor for the Summer Youth Enrichment Program. This program provides the opportunity for youth to gain life, social and job skills. Tikisia feels proud to be assisting in the difference of young people. She is also a proud parent to our 4 beautiful kids. Her kids ages are 19, 16, 10, & 10. Her husband Eric, and she has acquired the tag team method with their kids which is to pray daily, be consistent & stick together no matter what. They feel blessed to be parents. She loves a good laugh! One of her favorite poets, Maya Angelou said” Determine to live life with flair and Laughter”. She plans to continue this no matter her age.
2018 Mother of the Year